24 Hours in Salzburg
We got to Salzburg around four in the afternoon and were met at the train station by my friend from Peru, Niko. We had met while he ran the program I volunteered with in the summer of 2013, and I was so excited to get to see him again in his home country! He showed us all around Salzburg, and we went to a great dinner not far from the hotel he helped put us up in. (If you ever go to Salzburg you must check it out -- Villa Carlton. It was absolutely gorgeous, perfect location, and super reasonable).
Niko's family has owned a beer company in Austria since 1601, and it is one of the most popular in Austria. We got to try a bunch and it was so good!! I’m not usually a beer person, so I was very impressed that it was so tasty! It’s called Trumer Pils and you should definitely try it if you see it.
We went out in Salzburg our first night and had an absolute blast bar hopping along the river. Then the next morning we woke up in time to have a phenomenal breakfast in our hotel (my first scrambled eggs since America!!), pack up, and check out before Niko came to met us. He picked us up and we drove for about 45 minutes to the lakes on the outside of Salzburg. We drove past gorgeous country side, more castles than I can count, and the lakes where the Sound of Music was filmed, before stopping at St. Gilgen’s to get out and have some coffee, sit by the water, take pictures, and walk around. Even though it was cloudy, the lakes were stunning. Probably one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen. I can't wait to come back one day!